noun

Odds are points giving an advantage to the weaker opponent in a contest, or the likelihood that something will happen.

An example of odds are 5 points given to the lowest ranking team in a league when they play a game with the highest ranking team.

## odds

- Archaic inequalities
- Now Rare difference or amount of difference
- difference in favor of one side over the other; advantage
- an equalizing advantage given or received in betting, based on a given bettor's assumed chance of winning and expressed as a ratio: a winning bettor who got
*odds*of 3 to 1 is paid three times as much as he or she bet

**odds Idioms**

at odds

in disagreement; quarreling

by (all) odds

by far; unquestionably

(the) odds are

the likelihood is

## odds

plural noun

- A certain number of points given beforehand to a weaker side in a contest to equalize the chances of all participants.
**a.**The ratio of the probability of an event's occurring to the probability of its not occurring.**b.**The likelihood of the occurrence of one thing rather than the occurrence of another thing, as in a contest:*The odds are that she will get the nomination on the first ballot.*-
*Games*A ratio expressing the amount by which the stake of one bettor differs from that of an opposing bettor. - An amount or degree by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another:
*won the contest by considerable odds.*

Origin of odds

Pl. of**odd**.

## odds

Noun

(*plural only)*

Usage notes

- The word "odds" is sometimes used with a singular verb, making the usage example given above:
*The odds is strongly in favor ...*.

Origin

From *odd* (“uneven, strange")